Patent Number: 7,713,215

Title: Steering, piercing, anchoring, distending extravascular guidewire

Abstract: A steerable guidewire assembly for intravascular and extravascular movement includes a flexible tube with a distal and proximal end and a lumen therebetween with the distal end being biased to assume a curved shape, a stylet wire disposed in the lumen that can be advanced beyond the distal end of the flexible tube to create an extravascular pathway by piercing tissue, a wire with a shape memory of a knot to replace the stylet wire and anchor the guidewire and/or the wire on the pathway, multiple flexible tubes of increasing diameter that distend the extravascular pathway when advanced over each other, radiopaque and radiodense materials to create distinguishable dark and bright images on fluoro-unit screens, and mechanisms for conveniently controlling movement from outside the body are disclosed.

Inventors: Shriver; Edgar L. (Aventura, FL)

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International Classification: A61B 5/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/11/12018